Monday, October 18, 2010

Multivitamins may help weight loss in obese women

One of the biggest issues during menopause is weight gain. There is some good news with a recent study. Supplements of multivitamins and minerals may help reduce body weight and improve blood fat levels, according to results of a clinical trial in obese Chinese women.

Results of a 26-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled intervention study with 87 menopausal women found that multivitamins and minerals were associated with significantly lower body weight, body mass index, and fat mass

Levels of total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol were also significantly reduced, while HDL-cholesterol were increased, according to findings published in the International Journal of Obesity.

Obesity rates have skyrocketed in the US in recent years – 15 per cent of the population was obese in 1980, compared to 34 per cent today, according to figures from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

If other clinical trials in other populations support the findings, it could see
multivitamins and minerals touted for their weight management potential.

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